Writer’s block…does this ever happen to you guys? It happens to me and it is especially terrible.
The weird thing is that I am not blocked on all fronts- just on one grant application that is especially pressing right now. I am doing a ton of writing this summer, and this will continue into the fall. Yesterday I edited a paper that a collaborator and I are working on and have been passing back and forth- no problem there. Took the whole thing apart, put it back together in a different order (he he he!). I have two more manuscripts I am working on- also no problem here. I’m not having any trouble with blog….
Here is where I am blocked- I am writing a grant with a different collaborator, and each of us is writing some parts. Excellent collaborator (EC) has sent me some parts to edit and fill in with details as necessary from my part. I’m coming in on someone else’s thought process and I am finding it very difficult to integrate our two sets of text, ideas and data. The words are just not coming to me, the framework for how to organize the text and ideas just isn’t in my head. AAARGH!!!
This is all ok when you are writing something that isn’t time sensitive. But grants have firm deadlines… not to be missed… so although I’m not particularly close to the deadline, it would be nice to be able to have a completed first draft ASAP. I’ve had this happen before when I was writing a book chapter that had a deadline, but that was a while ago and I can’t remember how I worked my way out of that one. I do remember though, that we were a month late with the text… not a good feeling.
I’m going to go back, look at the sections EC has already written, make an outline and try to fit the puzzle pieces together. Alternatively- or in parallel- I will write a specific aims page and THEN struggle with the text. Maybe biting off one piece at a time will help me get through this.